to Live By
by Myriam Torres
In the autumn of
2001 I embarked on a year of a much desired spiritual sabbatical. My goal
was to engage more time in prayer, on retreats, on spiritual reading and
study, and pilgrimage. I intended to meet God and draw near to him. I had
no expectations of how much he would meet me as well. I should have known
he would desire my year dedicated to him much more than I did. I was not
The following excerpts are
taken from a compilation of quotes that I have been compiling since 2001.
Many saints, those who have gone before us, and some still on this side
of heaven, have more clearly conveyed the Word of God to me through these
quotes. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to
my mouth! (Psalm 119:103). I believe most of these quotes would appeal
to Protestant,Catholic, and Orthodox readers. I hope you will find true
inspiration in these quotes as much as I have.
The Christian who desires to follow Jesus carrying his cross must bear
in mind that the name "Christian" means "learner or imitator of Christ"
and that if he wishes to bear that noble title worthily he must above all
do as Christ charges us in the Gospel: We must oppose or deny ourselves,
take up the cross, and follow him.
Glory be to You, who laid your Cross as a bridge over death, that souls
might pass over it from the dwelling of the dead to the dwelling of life!
Whoever doesnt seek the Cross of Christ doesnt seek the glory of Christ.
of the Cross
A man shows himself a true disciple of Christ by carrying the cross
in his turn every day in the activity that he is called to perform.
He who embraces the cross and bears it with patience lightens the weight
of the cross. Indeed, the weight itself becomes a consolation; for God
abounds with grace to all those who carry the cross with good will in order
to please him.
The cross will not crush you; if its weight makes you stagger, its power
will also sustain you.
Put a good bunch of grapes under the winepress, and a delicious juice
will come out. Under the winepress of the cross, our soul produces a juice
that feeds and strengthens us. When we havent got any crosses, we are
dry. If we carry them with resignation, what happiness, what sweetness
Entrust the past to God's mercy, the present to his love, and the future
to his providence.
of Early Church Fathers
Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back
and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He
will welcome you and heal you.
God is not a deceiver, that he should offer to support us, and then,
when we lean upon him, should slip away from us.
Expect much of God, and he will do much for you.
God never forgets [you]. He knows your needs. Show that you are generous
in accepting whatever he may send you in the future. Nothing will happen
to you without him knowing it.
It is not a question of our equipment but of our poverty, not of what
we bring with us, but of what God puts into us.
Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
My secret is that I need God - that I am sick and can no longer make
it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable
of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness;
to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love.
Have no fear for what tomorrow will bring. The same loving God who cares
for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. He will either
shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be
at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
It is we who need you, above anything in the world. You give yourself
to us with such total generosity, that it might almost seem that you need
us. There never was a king like this before!
My Jesus, if you uphold me, I shall not fall.
Entrust yourself entirely to God. He is a Father and a most loving Father
at that, who would rather let heaven and earth collapse than abandon anyone
who trusted in him.
of the Cross
The heart of God invites all to put it to the proof. The more he gives,
the more he desires to give. He loves to see the trust which makes us persist
in knocking unceasingly.
You pay God a compliment by asking great things of him.
Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you; all things are passing;
God never changes.
Teresa of Avila
To be conscious of one's weakness and to trust in God's help is the
way to authentic strength and victory.
Alice von Hildebrand
||Myriam Torres is a lay pastoral
worker and founding member of Bethany
Association, an ecumenical group of women living single for the Lord.
She told her story with a little help from her friends.
This article first appeared
in the January 2013 Magazine issue of The Word
Among Us. Used with permission.